David Rivera Hit With $58,000 Fine for Ripping Off State for Thousands in Expenses

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David Rivera
Between the bizarre Ana Aliegro saga, the undisclosed casino consulting, and the myriad other mini-scandals, it can be difficult to keep track of every malfeasance that former Rep. David Rivera has been fighting. Among them, though, is a 2012 state ethics charge accusing Rivera of concealing his finances and double-billing the state for four years as a Florida House member.

Today, Rivera's punishment in that case came down from a Tallahassee judge. The embattled ex-politico must pay nearly $58,000.

See also: Ethics Commission on David Rivera's Shenanigans: "We're Over It"

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Tony Bosch Lived on Fisher Island, in Luxury Downtown Apartments on MLB's Cash

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Tony Bosch
In federal court last month, big-league steroid dealer Tony Bosch and his attorneys painted a sad picture of the price he had paid to help bring down his clients -- including the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez and the Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun. The fake doctor had sacrificed everything, they said, ducking from hotel to hotel for months to avoid threats on his life.

The judge didn't buy the sob story and hit Bosch with a heavy four-year prison term for selling performance-enhancing drugs. And new court documents suggest Judge Darrin Gayles was right to be skeptical.

Bosch wasn't exactly staying in Motel 6 as he snitched on his ex-clients. In fact, last year he signed leases for one apartment on exclusive Fisher Island, while his girlfriend rented a $700,000 downtown condo.

See also: Tony Bosch and Biogenesis: MLB Steroids Scandal

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Feds Used Miami's "Merchant of Death" to Catch Ex-CIA Smugglers, Secret Docs Show

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Sarkis Soghanalian once sold weapons to warring countries across the globe from his Hibiscus Island mansion, earning the nickname the "Merchant of Death" while becoming one of the biggest arms dealers on earth during the Cold War.

Soghanalian's larger-than-life exploits partly inspired Nicolas Cage's character in the 2005 movie, Lord of War, but much of his life has remained shrouded in secrecy and lies. Until last week, that is, when the FBI released thousands of pages of classified files on the arms dealer.

Among the most amazing stories the new documents illuminate is how Soghanalian wriggled out of a potential two-decade prison sentence in Miami federal court by snitching on two ex-CIA fugitives.

See also: Newt Gingrich Once Probed by FBI Over Ties to Miami Arms Dealer Sarkis Soghanalian

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Miami Beach Man Arrested on Child Porn Charges After Terrorizing Ex Online

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Antonio Giansante
State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle announced the arrest of Miami Beach man Antonio Giansante on multiple felony charges involving child porn, video voyeurism, and cyber stalking. The charges come after Giansante went on a campaign to embarrass his ex-girlfriend. The 37-year-old began dating the woman when she was just 16 in their native Puerto Rico, and the two moved to Miami together in 2009 but had broken up in 2012.

Giansante then attempted to spread nude and explicit images of the woman, who is now in her twenties, from when she was underage in order to embarrass her.

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Miami-Dade Bus Slams Into Allapattah Store, Injuring Dozens of Passengers

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Yep, that's a bus sticking out of a building.
TV cameras from around the nation are focused on a green-and-orange-painted appliance store in Allapattah this morning. More specific, they're broadcasting pictures of the Miami-Dade bus lodged in the front of the business.

Just after 6:30 this morning, the bus collided with an SUV and then slammed into the building, injuring 24 passengers, including kids headed to Jackson High School, a Miami Fire Rescue spokesman tells New Times.

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Miami Cop: I Didn't Taser Homeless Man, Just Scared the Crap Out of Him

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A Taser X-26 similar to the ones used by Miami Police.
Last week, New Times reported that Miami Police Officer Vincent Miller was being suspended for misusing his Taser. A bystander testified he saw Miller shock a homeless man for no reason. It was later found that the officer never reported the incident.

Documents obtained by New Times now provide the officer's side of the story: He didn't taser the homeless man, he claims. He simply scared the crap out him.

Contrary to the bystander's sworn statement, Miller told investigators he never pressed the Taser to the homeless man's chest. Instead, he sparked up the 50,000-volt weapon "to show him I was not playing."

See also: Miami Police: Cop Will Be Punished for Misusing Taser and Covering It Up

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Teens Arrested For Shooting Up Miami Springs High With Paintball Guns

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Miami-Dade Corrections
Juan Gil and Joel Rodriguez
Thankfully it only involved paint, but two not-so-bright teens pulled off a school shooting yesterday at Miami Spring Senior High School.

Joel Rodriguez and Juan Gil, both 18, were out "to get a student by the name of Mike," according to the arrest report. So the pair drove by the school with loaded paintball guns and shot two people. The victim, apparently "Mike," was shot in the left arm. Another woman was shot in the chest.

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Buju Banton Case: Special Prosecutor Appointed to Investigate Rogue Juror

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Buju Banton remains behind bars on drug charges.
Ever since Buju Banton, one of Jamaica's most talented and controversial reggae singers, was convicted of cocaine trafficking and gun charges in 2011, there have been signs his trial was not on the up-and-up.

You may recall he was sentenced to ten years and lingers in federal lockup. That sentence was allowed to stand even though New Times first disclosed in 2012 that the jury forewoman, Terri Wright, had conducted outside research while the trial was ongoing. That's a violation of court procedures, so 19 months ago, a federal judge ordered the U.S. government to bring criminal contempt charges against Wright.

Virtually nothing happened. But now there's movement. A special prosecutor from outside the U.S. Department of Justice has been tasked with leading the case against the rogue juror and plans to meet with Banton's legal team, Wright, and the feds.

See also: Buju Banton Is Innocent

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Miami-Dade Police Secretly Tracked Local Cell Phones Dozens of Times Last Year

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MDPD has used a secret device to track cell phones 59 times in one year, new records show.
For years, Florida police agencies have secretly purchased mysterious devices called Stingrays. Manufactured in Delray Beach and sold for up to $134,000, the machine lets cops track cell phones. And even though Stingrays were bought mostly with anti-terrorism money and pitched as emergency-only options, local court records hint that police around the state frequently used them in routine cases -- often without bothering to get a warrant first.

Now, for the first time, we know just how often the Miami-Dade Police Department used its Stingrays. In a one-year period ending last May, MDPD tracked cell phones in 59 closed criminal cases -- and presumably many other cases that remained open.

That figure comes thanks to a newly released mass FOIA request from the ACLU of Florida, which calls the results "troubling for anyone who cares about privacy rights."

See also: Cell-phone tracking: Miami cops know where you are

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Dancer Lights Mattress on Fire, Threatens to Jump From Miami Beach Apartment Building

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Miami-Dade Corrections
Edwin Innis
Miami Beach police responded to a tense scene last night at 7801 Abbott Ave. in Miami Beach. After responding to a domestic disturbance report, police noticed that the place was ablaze. A mattress had been set on fire in a hallway.

During their investigation the suspect, 22-year-old Edwin Innis, was standing on the fifth floor of the building and threatened to jump.

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